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Bobber Down

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 05-10-2016

Short Desc:   I have a great idea, before we dive into this article lets get one thing straight an indicator, indo, slip strike, sighter, float and so forth are all basically terms for a bobber, the bobber! Yup the same ones as probably most of us grew up with drowning worms a few feet below the surface suspending our presentation.  Most of you are probably seasoned skilled anglers with the likes of myself that are willing to put in the time really hunting for those trophy fish in your favorite river or lake. I know, we have all been home hours later then said time and dealt with the consequences of the warden (insert wife or girlfriend here)! Most of the time we come home with frigid fingers, dirty clothes and whiskers stained with the scent of whiskey and beer. We have put in countless hours carving baits, reading internet blogs, breaking down structure, water temps and really the science behind our target species so why in the heck am I writing an article about bobber fishing? I will tell you exactly why! It is a wildly popular technique for steelhead and salmon fishing from pink worms to roe sacs and many people take ...

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Switching it Up, Pyramid Lake

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 04-19-2016

Short Desc:  Strip, strip, strip, SET! With the line grabbed tightly in my left hand and a solid pull, in conjunction with a side sweep the 11’9” rod bows deeply to the head shakes of another giant Lahontan trying to rid itself of the size 2 woolly worm now buried in its jaw. In the past couple of years you may have noticed some longer than average fly rods out in the ladder line up at the popular beaches of Pyramid lake. The Switch rod, a hybrid cousin of the full Spey rod, is now almost a common sight, giving fly anglers another tackle choice or maybe I should say another choice to tackle as I came to find out. The excitement of a new technique, coupled with the anticipation of untested tackle found me with high expectations and doing my research. What I thought would be the simple answer to the problems I was facing turned into a real learning experience. Only after practicing a new casting method and re-thinking my options came the sought advantages of a switch rod over a single hand rod. The main questions I am faced with are Why should I try/buy a switch rod? What are ...

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Doug and the Beetle

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 04-05-2016

Short Desc:   Back when no one had ever heard of the Popcorn Beetle, I met a life long friend. The time frame was in early 2000's when the City of Sparks had a little tackle store named the "Gilly" that was owned by Lawrence Quadrio.  The Gilly found its nitch selling, of all things, bass lures and gear to northern Nevada fishermen.  Even though the Gilly specialized in all things bass, the small store also had three small sections reserved for trout, kokanee, and fly tying.    In the late 1990s and early 2000 northern Nevadans had to visit three or four different stores to purchase everything on their wish list until Scheels, Cabela's, and Sportsmens' Warehouse moved into town.  Those stores weren't better ,just bigger. My biggest complaint with the new larger stores, besides their commercial feel, is that they carry lots of brand-name products but in limited stock. For instance, the brand of rods and reels they carry is Shimano, Diawa,and Penn, but the models and inventory for these brands are limited.  On the other hand, there is an endless supply and selection of their own crappy signature store brand named rods and reels.  Before then, northern Nevadan had a handful of ...

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White River Monsters

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 03-23-2016

Short Desc: On my life-time bucket list there is an entry “10 Pound Moving Water Brown Trout”.  There are a few spots on the west coast that you can pull that off and some of you reading this may already have a fish like that.  You can easily get one over 10 out of a tributary to the great lakes but in my notes there is an asterisk that says “*must be adfluvial, non great lakes region”.  A guy could pound the Truckee, East Walker, Owens and all the others in between for a lifetime and not get a 30 inch fish. So where do you go to look for a fish like that?  You head to Arkansas.  Yep, you head to the home of the former world record brown trout.  The 40-pound behemoth was pulled out of the Little Red River on a 1/32 jig and 4-pound test line.  Just a few miles down the road from the Little Red lies its big brother, the White River.  I managed to swing a trip to the White a decade or so ago and was impressed by the size and potential of the river.  Although my trip didn’t produce any giants, I did see ...

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Scatter Tail Dancer

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 03-01-2016

Short Desc: In 1905, located in central Finland on a small island on Lake Paijanne was the birth place of Lauri Rapala. A mire 31 years later was the birth of legendary fishing lure 11cm Rapala.  In 1949, Lauri begin manufacturing lurers as the business took off to the production level. By 1960, it was time for the Rapala lures to set up distribution in the US. The first order of 1000 lures that were ordered in February and sold out by April.  A second order was placed for 2040 lures. Orders kept coming in as the tackle company grew. The lures were sold at a retail price of $1.95.  Sales continued to grow.  By 1968, Rapala reported having a staff of 100 employees and total sales for the year were $2,050,066.     In 2000, Rapala introduced the Tail Dancer. The Tail Dancer Ted-09 was a 3 1/2" lure made of balsa wood with a banana shaped body. The Ted-09 had a long swimming lip that allowed the lure to dive 15 feet and still maintain its action at slow speeds. The stop-and-go technique worked great on this lure.  During the "stop" the lure floats up for a few inches and on the "go" it ...

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Ice Out Browns

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 02-17-2016

Short Desc: It all started with a grainy picture in a small shop in Duchesne, Utah.  I was driving through the small town after fishing another nearby lake for Tiger trout when I decided to stop by to grab a quick snack.  The picture was of a guy holding a huge brown that looked to be around 15 pounds.  That got my attention!  The word on the street was the fish came from nearby Starvation Reservoir.  Years back I had heard another Starvation story of a monster brown following a lure up to the boat from a reliable source so the lake was already on my radar. Once I saw that picture I decided to plan a trip out to the lake at ice out.  I would hit Starvation and some other nearby lakes, following the elevation to try to hit the lakes as the ice came off.  I did a bunch of research to try to isolate when Starvation typically iced out so that I could be ready.  My buddy Ryan had expressed some interest in fishing the lake so we went ahead and started to lay plans for the following spring.  Luck was with us as we were able to hit ...

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Weigh Sling

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 01-26-2016

Short Desc: How do you weigh your trophy trout?  In the past, anglers would attach the scale to the lip or gill plate (myself included), hoist the scale along with the fish into the air and collect the weight as the fish thrashed around trying to free himself.  Multiple studies have concluded that this technique is extremely dangerous for large trout. Trout are accustomed to having their body weight supported by the neutral weight of their water environment.  A vertical hold on a large trout will put pressure on all of it's internal organs and can cause permanent damage to the fish that the angler may never suspect. The next trend was to weigh the fish in the net and then subtract the weight of the net.  This works great when the size of the fish is matched with the right net size.  I have weighed the majority of my trophy size fish with this technique over the last few years. When fishing for trophy trout I use an extremely large salmon net. Some of the trout I have caught are in the range of 30 to 40 inches.  The problem I was experiencing with this method was trying to get an accurate ...

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The One That Got Away

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 01-13-2016

Short Desc: At first I thought I had hooked bottom.  There was no way a brown could pull this hard!  But through the haze of adrenalin I felt headshakes, big headshakes and my brain told my fumbling hands to reel!  I have been fishing all of my life and have landed huge marlin, shark, giant tuna, sturgeon and all manner of big fish.  But nothing could have prepared me for the strength of this monster brown. We were fishing renowned Wickiup Reservoir in Oregon.  Wickiup has a naturally reproducing population of browns that are supplemented by fingerling planted fish and there are always giants lurking in that lake.  Many of the fish head up the various arms in the fall looking for cold water and staging for their annual spawning migration.  Kokanee also ball up in these lake arms and if all of the conditions come together then the perfect storm for big trout is created.  Browns have been known to fatten up before the spawn in a final binge feed in preparation for spawning and the winter months.  This is what was happening this fall day 8 years ago. We had already put a bunch of nice fish in the boat.  During this ...

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Stella

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 11-24-2015

Short Desc: By Brad Stout        Stella.  What is a Stella? Well, in the fishing industry the Shimano Stella is the Rolex of spinning reels. Built with all the technological engineering advances you could expect from a company grounded in fishing and the cycling industry. You could imagine how happy I was to receive and get a chance to check this reel out and see if it was really worth the expensive price tag of $799.99.  Yep, that's just for the reel.  Could it be that much better than my favorite Shimano reel, the Stradic ci4? The Stella is priced at 5 times the cost, could it be 5 times better?  Let's make one thing clear, there are Stella haters out in the fishing world and some of their concerns are well noted. Stella hater Noun 1. A person who has an intense dislike for Shimano or reels that cost several hundred dollars  (often used in combination):  Some Stella haters just came up to me at the boat ramp and said "That reel is a rip off and Shimano sucks" then just walked away. 2. Informal.  A person who thrives on showing hate toward, criticizing, or belittling other people for the purchase fishing reel costing more than a monthly car payment. (That reel costs more than my first house)   The Stella haters do have a few things right: (1) You sure don't need to spend that ...

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The AC Plug

Author Name:epictrout.com

Date: 11-04-2015

Short Desc: I will never forget the first time I met Allan Cole.  It was at a Fred Hall show in early 1992, right before the AC Plug really blew up in So Cal.  I got Western Outdoor News each week and had read articles talking about the AC Plug but was very skeptical.  There was no such thing as a “swimbait” at the time and most of the big bass were caught on crawdads and waterdogs.  I was no longer a skeptic after that show. Allan was casting his lure in one of those long fly casting rectangular pools (can you imagine what the fly guys were thinking when Allan started throwing his 12” lure into their casting pool?) and slowly winding it in.  My buddy Kevin and I saw the lure swimming in the water and immediately knew that we needed to get involved in the “big bait movement”.  The lure had a very unique action and we knew that big bass were going to eat it.  We couldn’t afford $50 for a lure so we went and made our own.  We caught many big bass over 10 pounds over the following years on our imitation AC Plugs. Fast forward 10 years ...

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